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I'm A Scientist Event and Website Launch

By Gareth Coxon, June 11, 2008

I’m a Scientist, the event that gets young people and scientists talking launched this week.

Dot Design worked with Gallomanor to produce the identity design, website design, teacher work sheets design, debate cards and other items for this event. We will be posting more images of the design material we produced for this event in our portfolio (more…)

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Should I print my brochure Digitally or Lithographically?

By Gareth Coxon, June 9, 2008

One of the services we offer at Dot Design is the buying of print or print management as part of design projects. This can range from printing 100 flyers digitally to lithographically printing 50,000 festival programmes.

But to those individuals or companies who wish to source their own print (more…)

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New Penguin James Bond book cover designs

By Gareth Coxon, June 2, 2008

Penguin have just re-issued all 14 of Ian Flemings James Bond books with newly designed covers to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Ian Flemming. The artwork for the covers was painted by British born painter Michael Gillette. More of Michael Gillette’s work can be seen at his website.

He has painted each of the key Bond girls relating to each film in a very 60’s style with a limited colour palette, the typography has been (more…)

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Scribbles/Doodles/Illustrations, whatever you'd like to call them!

By Gareth Coxon, May 30, 2008

As you can tell from the post title I’m not sure what to call them but I basically produce pen illustrations, they aren’t of anything in particular, there is no planning or sketching its just drawn straight out. These drawings are produced over a period of time (when I get chance) and aren’t the product of one sitting. (more…)

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Greener by Design

By Gareth Coxon, May 29, 2008

I’m in the middle of writing a post about how to be more environmentally friendly when getting your brochure, stationery or other printed material produced, when I came across a site which suggests 50 ways to help the planet . I wanted to share it with you sooner rather than later, as I won’t be publishing the full printing green post until next week or so.

The site does have some design related suggestions but mainly its a list of ways in which we can all (as the website suggests) help the planet and be a little greener. Also worth taking a look at is the “playstation” tshirt design near the bottom of the site, which features a tongue in cheek comment on todays youth and possibly todays adults too.

So just a quick post today but hopefully a useful one. If you have any green tips you want to share please leave a comment below, it would be good to hear them.

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Create and build your own font

By Gareth Coxon, May 20, 2008

I’ve used StumbleUpon for sometime now, its a great way of, well, stumbling upon art and design related sites you just wouldn’t usually have found.

Recently I came across Fontstruct a great little site that enables you to easily create typefaces/fonts out of grided shapes which it then creates in to usable TrueType fonts. The fonts that are created can be used in Mac or Windows applications. It also encourages people to (more…)

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How to avoid a "Frankenstein's Monster" of a Brochure Design!

By Gareth Coxon, May 19, 2008

Those of you that have read the about section of this site will have seen that I’ve worked at two London based design agencies in the past. When working at one agency we used to have a few sayings for different design related happenings.

One of the things we used to talk about was called a “Frankenstein’s Monster”! No, we didn’t have a love of monster movies or Mary Shelley books (though they are classics), but were referring to projects that didn’t have a clear idea and were a mishmash of different ideas. (more…)

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Is WordPress the future for all websites?

By Gareth Coxon, May 12, 2008

I’m a graphic designer (as you can hopefully tell!) and after working under the name Dot Design for over 2 years I felt I needed to change my approach to my website. Most graphic design agency websites are basically online portfolios with a few words about projects undertaken, as was mine before this new site.

So it was time for a change and I currently can’t speak too highly about WordPress, it’s a publishing (more…)

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"Finger Licking Good" Design?

By Gareth Coxon, May 10, 2008

Those of you who live in the UK will have probably have noticed the new print/poster campaign for KFC. The campaign uses yellow/orange greasy finger and hand marks on the KFC corporate red colour. The designs feature fingers prints that makeup the image of a sweetcorn cob, another shows greasy hand marks as chicken wings and fingers as fries. (more…)

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